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Catholic Fidelity Oath July 13, 2012

Posted by Ubi Dubium in Rants.
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Recently the catholic church has been cracking down on another group of pesky independent thinkers: their own Sunday School teachers:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/sunday-school-teachers-balk-at-oath-agreeing-to-all-church-teachings/2012/07/11/gJQAcAvGeW_story.html

The bishops are calling for the teachers to take an oath in front of a priest (not just sign it) containing the nicene creed, but also this language:

With firm faith, I also believe everything contained in the Word of God, whether written or handed down in Tradition, which the Church, either by a solemn judgment or by the ordinary and universal Magisterium, sets forth to be believed as divinely revealed.

I also firmly accept and hold each and every thing definitively proposed by the church regarding teaching on faith and morals.

Moreover, I adhere with religious submission of will and intellect to the teachings which either the Roman Pontiff or the College of Bishops enunciate when they exercise their authentic Magisterium, even if they do not intend to proclaim these teachings by a definitive act.

So, basically, the church is asking these volunteer teachers to swear to shut off their brain and believe everything they are told to believe.

I’m torn on this.  I want people everywhere to be as good critical thinkers as they can be.  But on the other hand, the Post story was about two teachers who had resigned as RE teachers over this oath.  Which is great!  So maybe the bishops should crack down on this more, so more of the staff will quit and be unavailable to indoctrinate children with religious nonsense.  As Princess Leia so wisely said:

  The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.

The pope may look just like the evil emperor from Star Wars, but I don’t think he has a Death Star available to maintain control over his increasingly rebellious flock. But what I don’t understand is, why do any of them stay?  Especially the liberal catholics and more especially women – why do they stay in an organization that treats them like this?

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1. Grundy - July 19, 2012

Stockholm Syndrome?

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ubi dubium - July 19, 2012

That must be part of it.

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2. the chaplain - September 6, 2012

The Catholic Church must be feeling terribly desperate to be trying to force people to adhere to such a transparently authoritarian oath. They used to manipulate people more subtly. Perhaps they’re losing their touch? We can only hope.

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